Poor performance with BoomerAMG?

Andrew T Barker Andrew.Barker at Colorado.EDU
Fri Feb 15 17:36:00 CST 2008

>Be careful how you handle boundary conditions; you need to make sure
>they have the same scaling as the other equations.

Could you clarify what you mean?  Is boomerAMG sensitive to scaling of matrix rows in a way that other solvers/preconditioners are not?


>On Feb 15, 2008, at 8:36 AM, knutert at stud.ntnu.no wrote:
>> Hi Ben,
>> Thank you for answering. With gmres and boomeramg I get a run time of
>> 2s, so that is much better. However, if I increase the grid size to
>> 513x513, I get a run time of one minute. With richardson, it fails  
>> to converge.
>> LU gives 6 seconds, CG and ICC gives 7s, and the DMMG solver 3s for  
>> the 513x513 problem.
>> When using the DMMG framework, I just used the default solvers.
>> I use the Galerkin process to generate the coarse matrices for
>> the multigrid cycle.
>> Best,
>> Knut
>> Siterer Ben Tay <zonexo at gmail.com>:
>>> Hi Knut,
>>> I'm currently using boomeramg to solve my poisson eqn too. I'm  
>>> using it
>>> on my structured C-grid. I found it to be faster than LU,  
>>> especially as
>>> the grid size increases. However I use it as a preconditioner with
>>> GMRES as the solver. Have you tried this option? Although it's  
>>> faster,
>>> the speed increase is usually less than double. It seems to be  
>>> worse if
>>> there is a lot of stretching in the grid.
>>> Btw, your mention using the DMMG framework and it takes less than a
>>> sec. What solver or preconditioner did you use? It's 4 times faster
>>> than GMRES...
>>> thanks!
>>> knutert at stud.ntnu.no wrote:
>>>> Hello,
>>>> I am trying to use the hypre multigrid solver to solve a Poisson  
>>>> equation.
>>>> However, on a test case with grid size 257x257 it takes 40  
>>>> seconds  to converge
>>>> on one processor when I run with
>>>> ./run -ksp_type richardson -pc_type hypre -pc_type_hypre boomeramg
>>>> Using the DMMG framework, the same problem takes less than a second,
>>>> and the default gmres solver uses only four seconds.
>>>> Am I somehow using the solver the wrong way, or is this  
>>>> performance  expected?
>>>> Regards
>>>> Knut Erik Teigen

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